Sport Package ($2,800 -- includes SynchroRev Match feature for manual transmission, 19-inch Rays forged wheels, upgraded "Nissan Sport" brakes and viscous-coupling limited-slip differential)
3,696cc (226 cu-in)
Double overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
332 @ 7,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
270 @ 5,200
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 3.794, II = 2.324, III = 1.624, IV = 1.271, V = 1.000, VI = 0.794, Final Drive = 3.692, R = 3.446
As with every 370Z, there's the right amount of wheelspin, and there's "too much." Getting to WOT ASAP is critical to a quick time. Shifter still feels like it could stand some lubrication, and the engine/exhaust is ever present. If VDC is left on, both the launch and the 1-2 upshift are subdued to a great extent.
Excellent feel and obviously ample power, but something happened on runs four and five -- as if the ABS detected a lockup, the brake pressures dropped off momentarily, then returned full force.
Skid pad: Awesome, tenacious grip with properly informative steering wheel (though it feels a little too heavy). Easy to find the mild understeer on the limit -- equally easy to breathe the throttle to minimize its effect, just as the VDC does if it's left on. Slalom: The 370Z is one of those cars that intimidates initially but is truly trustworthy once you lean on it -- a rare and rewarding quality (like an Evo... or GT-R). Excellent balance at the limit that fosters risk-taking and has the reflexes to save oversteering, but you need to know what to do!